The University of Texas, Austin, Texas; J.D. 1984.
Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia; B.A. in English, magna cum laude, 1980; M.A. in English, 1980 (joint degree).
Active in theatre, student government, and publications
AAVO rating by Martindale-Hubbell7 Law Directory since 1996
Member, Commercial Law Group (network of commercial law firms located throughout Europe and in South Africa and the U.S.)
Member, the American Law Institute (2005 to present)
Named to “Best Lawyers” in America list, by BL Rankings, for Commercial Litigation (2012-2018)
Named to “Texas Super Lawyer” list, a Thomson Reuters service, for Business Litigation (2003-2007, 2011-2018)
Master, William AMac© Taylor, Jr. 112th American Inn of Court
Member, Federal Bar Association
Foundation of the Federal Bar Association
Chairman, District Court Advisory Committee for the Northern
District of Texas, 1998-2000
Member, Bar Association of the Fifth Federal Circuit
Member, State Bar of Texas
Life Fellow, Texas Bar Foundation
Member, Dallas Bar Association
Fellow, Dallas Bar Foundation
2014 Recipient, Dallas Association of Young Lawyers Foundation’s Award of Excellence, for “continued commitment to community service and outreach”
2012 Recipient, Each Moment Matters Award, given by the Presbyterian Communities and Services Foundation to individuals who have “impacted the lives of others through wisdom, courage, energy, and faith”
2012 Elected as the 2012 Serjeant of the William “Mac” Taylor, Jr. 112th American Inn of Court, for “extraordinary contributions to the legal profession and the community”
2005 Recipient, Distinguished Alumni Award, Honorary, for Aextraordinary achievements and service to the community,© given by Southern Methodist University’s Dedman School of Law
2004 Recipient, Judy Sinclair Radman Award, for Athe highest standards of public service and professionalism© given by William AMac© Taylor, Jr. 112th American Inn of Court
1999 National Winner, Elaine R. ABoots© Fisher Award for “exemplary community, public, and charitable service,” given by the Federal Bar Association
Altrusa International, Inc.
(Chair of District Nine Nominating Committee, 2014-2016; Club [Downtown Dallas], District [Texas], and/or International Officer, Director, and/or Committee Chair, 1986 to present; served as Governor of District Nine, 2003-05; International Director, 2005-07; and International Legal Advisor, 1989‑91; International Foundation=s Legal Advisor, 1999-present)
Junior League of Dallas, Sustainer
Attorneys Serving the Community
Emory University Alumni Network – Dallas
Highland Park Presbyterian Church
DOORS (Unlocking Doors to Reduce Recidivism) Advisory Council Member
Martha Hardwick Hofmeister has been trying business cases in state and federal courts, negotiating agreements, and solving her clients’ legal problems in a cost-conscious and efficient manner since 1984. Martha maintains a diverse legal practice representing both plaintiffs and defendants in state and federal courts. Her clients include a variety of corporations and business owners, including professional service firms, real estate developers, manufacturers, health care companies, and financial institutions. Martha has most recently represented clients in business, aviation, and fiduciary litigation. Martha’s experience also includes providing counsel to businesses in litigation avoidance and employment practices, preparing and reviewing contracts, and assisting in all types of tactical business decisions.
Martha has been named to the “Best Lawyers” in America list, by BL Rankings, from 2012 to 2018 in recognition of her work in the area of commercial litigation. She also has been named to the “Texas Super Lawyers” list, a Thomson Reuters service, from 2003 to 2007 and again from 2011 to 2018 for business litigation. Martha is “AV Rated” by the Martindale-Hubbell peer review service, and has been named to the Martindale-Hubbell Bar Register of Preeminent Women Layers. She is also a member of the prestigious American Law Institute.
Martha is active in numerous professional and community organizations and has received regional and national awards for public and charitable service, including recognition from the Presbyterian Communities and Services Foundation, the Dallas Association of Young Lawyers Foundation, the Federal Bar Association, the American Inns of Court, the State Bar of Texas, and Southern Methodist University’s Dedman School of Law.
Martha has served as President of the William “Mac” Taylor, Jr. 112th American Inn of Court and is a past president and trustee of the Foundation of the Federal Bar Association. She has served on the local, district, and international levels as an officer, director, and committee chair for Altrusa International, Inc., a community service organization for executives and professionals, since 1986 and has been the Altrusa International Foundation’s legal advisor for more than a dozen years.
Perhaps most significantly, Martha has been the director of the Bar None “follies” show, a fundraiser for the Dallas Bar Foundation, since its inception in 1986; to date, Bar None has raised approximately $2,000,000.00 for minority scholarships at three North Texas law schools, as it annually involves dozens of Dallas lawyers and judges as actors, singers, and dancers.